Lieutenant William H. Mickle Letter
This December 22, 1863, letter from William H. Mickle addressed to “Olivia,” discusses his participation in the Knoxville campaign while serving in the New York 134th Infantry division. Mickle makes specific note of the condition of the company. He mentions the long marches and the lack of equipment. He goes on to further remark about Abraham Lincoln writing “I hope he may be reelected,” and talks of the government boats traversing the Tennessee River towards Knoxville.
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This December 22, 1863, letter from William H. Mickle discusses his participation in the Knoxville campaign while serving in the New York 134th Infantry division. Mickle makes specific note of the condition of the company, mentioning the long marches and lack of equipment such as shoes. He goes on to write about Abraham Lincoln and the government boats traversing the Tennessee River towards Knoxville.
Born in 1839, Lieutenant William H. Mickle was from Marianville in Schenectady County, New York. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the 134th New York Infantry, serving in Virginia. William H. Mickle enlisted as a private into “H” Company of the NY 134th Infantry division of the Union army on August 22, 1862. He went onto participate in the Knoxville campaign where his duties called him frequently to Lookout Valley and Chattanooga. Mickle was eventually wounded at Gettysburg, but went on to serve as a staff officer for Generals Howard, Hooker, and Sherman. He passed away in 1922.
This collection was purchased in 2012.
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